Shake Hands with Biblical Hebrew: A One-Day Seminar on May 30


On Thursday, May 30, 2013, the Rev. Dr. Robert J. Owens, Professor Old Testament, will offer a one-day seminar introducing students to Biblical Hebrew. Many students of the Bible would like to know something about the Hebrew language of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, yet will never have the opportunity to take a proper class. This might include adults who participate in Bible study in their local parishes, busy clergy who did not study Hebrew during seminary, college students who are studying ancient world history, and people interested in learning about a language which has shaped a religion both ancient and contemporary.

This one-day seminar, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., will provide a very basic acquaintance with the Hebrew language.

What is the Hebrew script and how does it work? How did Hebrew come into existence? What connections does it have to Arabic, Aramaic, Egyptian, and other near-by ancient languages? How do nouns and verbs work in Hebrew, and why is it said that Hebrew verbs have no tenses?

What kind of insights can one gain from reading the Old Testament in Hebrew instead of in English? When should one not believe a biblical commentary?

In exploring these questions, Owens will guide participants in examining a number of Hebrew manuscripts.

The seminar is open to everyone. College and graduate students can join for a special student rate. To learn more and to register, click here.